Pediatric Audiology | Hearing Disorders
At UVA, we have the latest diagnostic tools to evaluate hearing in children of all ages, from newborns to young adults, and to diagnose and manage hearing loss in children. Our pediatric audiologists also are specially trained to evaluate hearing in children who may have other disabilities, such as Down syndrome, microtia/atresia or cerebral palsy.
Hearing Aids for Children
Our certified audiologists are also licensed hearing aid specialists who help children find the hearing device that best fit their needs. We offer a full range of hearing aids in varying styles, sizes and costs.
Children With Hearing Loss: Surgical Options
For children with congenital or acquired hearing loss ranging from moderate to profound, we offer surgical options to restore hearing, including:
- Cochlear Implants: Children with severe and profound hearing loss may benefit from cochlear implants. These tiny devices are surgically implanted into the inner ear and provide critical sound information. As a result, children with severe to profound hearing loss may be able to develop normal speech and language.
- Aural Atresia Repair: Parents from all over the world bring their children to UVA for surgery to repair aural atresia, a congenital condition characterized by the absence of a fully developed ear canal, eardrum, middle ear space and ear bones. The surgery opens the ear canal and restores the ear’s natural sound-conducting mechanisms.
Helping Children Learn to Listen and Speak
Hearing is critical for the development of speech and language skills. Children born with profound hearing loss, or those who have lost hearing at a young age, have little or no sense of sound, so they often have difficulty with speech and language. Our Habilitation and Outreach Program, for children who’ve had cochlear implants, helps patients learn to make sense of the new sounds they’re hearing and to interpret those sounds into meaningful language.
Before, During and After Cochlear Implant Surgery
Before surgery, we provide counseling services to parents whose children are diagnosed with hearing loss and provide an evaluation of speech and auditory skills. After surgery, a Speech-Language Pathologist and Auditory Verbal Therapist works closely with children and their family to help them learn to process sounds and develop speech and language skills. We also work closely with schools to help in the development of an appropriate education plan for each child.
Support Services for You and Your Child
Learn more about hearing loss and how to get family support from the Alexander Graham Bell Listening and Spoken Language Knowledge Center.